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Council launches campaign to clean grass verges in Craven

Craven District Council has announced a campaign to clear all the verges on the main roads of litter this spring.

The council's waste management team has drawn up a programme to tackle litter on the A59, the A629, the A56 and the A65.

Paul Ellis, director of services at Craven District Council, said: "As the evenings get lighter, the accumulation of litter over the winter on the verges becomes more apparent.

"We received a number of requests last year to tackle the problem of litter on our verges so this year we have decided to take a pro-active approach to help ensure Craven is looking at its best during the spring season.

"We would also urge any community groups who are interested in taking part in litter-picks to contact the council, and of course we would ask people not to spread litter and fly-tip in our towns and countryside in the first place."

Litter-pickers will work in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council's grass-cutting teams on areas of the A56 and A65 where traffic management will be needed, in order to reduce disruption and costs.

The Environmental Protection Act of 1990 states that if a person drops, throws, deposits, or leaves anything that causes defacement in a public place, they are committing a littering offence. People caught littering can be issued with a fixed penalty notice. Failure to pay will result in prosecution, so always try to use a litter bin or take it home.

If groups would like to organise or take part in a litter-pick event or community clean-up, Craven District Council can help by providing free refuse sacks, gloves, litter-pickers and free collection of the rubbish. 

Please contact Waste Management Services on 01756 700600, or email wastemanagement@cravendc.gov.uk for more information.